13-year old Ralph Martin, from the Bury St Edmunds Chess Club, has a current grade of 84. Last year his grade was only 50.
Ralph is a late starter, despite having joined the Bury Knights Junior Club four years ago, in November 2012. It has taken a while for him to come to terms with the game. But suddenly, he has emerged as one of the club’s leading youngsters. He has played eight graded games so far this seaaon, losing only one, for an average grade of 124.
Below, he plays a very accurate game in the Suffolk Cup & Plate against another junior who is a year older than him: